Puerto Rico

Wow it’s been a tough week. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed the island. The island lost power on Wednesday. My parents, Dad is 80 and Mom is 76, live there with my brother. Not together, however in the same town. My brother works for the electrical company and is part of the emergency…

One month into the adventure

It’s been a month since we moved to the west coast. What an experience it’s been to date. The key things I have learned: Silicon Valley is more expensive than NYC. I knew this was the most expensive place to live, however, I didn’t think I’d doubt that I could afford to live here. To…

New job

Today marks the end of week three at my new job. So far so good. A few things to note: Women need to support women. My colleague, a fellow woman, has been so unwelcoming. It’s been awful. It’s worth noting that all the men in my group have been amazing. One in particular, actually two,…

One week in

One week in Silicon Valley, key observations as I am trying to get settled into my new job and home. Here it goes. Had to reload my Starbucks cards, there is no Dunkin’ Donuts in sight. Boo as I am a Dunkin’ girl. Had to go buy jeans! WOW. OK, co-workers made comments about my…

First Day

It feels like the first day of school. It’s my first day on the job in Silicon Valley. I have been up since 4:30am, my body is still adjusting to the west coast time. I have butterflies in my belly. How could that be, I’m 48 years old for crying out loud. We only have…

48 years old

My 48th birthday was on the west coast. I start this new adventure at the same time that I turn 48. My birthday was nothing to write home about. Yet, I feel this sense of a new beginning. Refreshed and ready to conquer the next thing. What will that be? Silicon Valley here I came,…

New beginnings

We did it. We moved to the west coast. It’s scary, terrifying, exciting and yet so overwhelming all at the same time, how could that be? It’s very different here. We arrived on Friday. We were so stressed about taking Trevor and Trey on the plane. It all worked out, thank goodness for the flight attendant, named Tony. He…

Live, Love, Wander

My best friend’s daughter gave me this gift, beautiful mug. We don’t see her very often, however she made it a point to see us on Friday night when we had our last dinner with her Dad. She said how I inspired her to quit her job of 12 years as a paralegal to go…

Brooklyn, it’s been amazing

Friday, August 11th was my last day at my job. After almost seven years, I left peacefully. I had an unbelievable run there. Who could say that in one lifetime, you could transform a team, open two arenas and move another team??!!! I can. I am so incredibly proud of all we accomplished. What touched me…

It’s been a while

I haven’t written anything for the past seven months. I feel awful about it since I started this blog to share my experiences, to remind myself how precious life is and to keep it real. More importantly, to kick it. For starters, I am extremely grateful for the year this far. I have accomplished so…

2016

What a year! I don’t even know where to start. My heart is still so heavy from all the losses we had. Then the election. This year will go down in history. As I reflect on what caused such heartache, today I want to write about what brought me so much joy. Hamilton What an incredible…

Banking experience in Puerto Rico

I walk into the bank, bank passbook in hand, ready to make a withdrawal. I encounter an electronic sign in board. I have to check in? What? Put in your associate number, press enter. This is what I get. A ticket at the bank? Is this the deli? What happened to the regular line? Is…